This was one of those paintings that I kept painting over and over. It started out as an abstract. Then I painted over the abstract and added two giraffes that looked as if they belonged in a child’s nursery – not exactly the look I was going for.
Frustrated, I started scratching off some of the paint (the opposite of mark making – mark unmaking?), then painted over the original giraffes and scratched around some more. The next day I came back and added different giraffes and big bold black strokes on the left side just because I had no idea what else to do. Then I left it thinking I’d come back and paint over the whole shebang one more time.
But I didn’t. It hung in my studio for a while until I realized it was exactly what it was meant to be.
Now, my favorite part of this painting is the story that comes next. I always listen to music when I paint. And one of the musicians on my favorite playlist is Larry Pattis. I’d friended Larry on Facebook one day (and completely fell in love with him and his wife, Karla – as much as I was in love with his music!). And one day he asked to buy this painting.
One day I hope to meet Larry and Karla face to face. Until then, I’m just chuffed as heck that they have my painting hanging in their house.
And that I have his music in my playlist to listen to whenever I paint.
Without further ado, here’s Larry Pattis.
Or read a wee bit about him below.
Larry Pattis: Named one of the “Top 10 Best Acoustic Music Artists of the Decade” by the International Acoustic Music Awards, Larry Pattis has been a featured headline performer at such illustrious venues as the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage in Washington DC.
This is a a contemporary abstract figurative animal with mark making on canvas. Copyright © 2020 Sarah Gilbert Fox
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The music, of course: Copyright © 2020 Larry Pattis
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